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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 5th -11th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Spin” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…my journey to the UK was not without its holdups…but the sunshine has come with me which is a bonus it is still got a chill in the air but it’s bracing …lol…

Food there are so many food “days around the world I will just stick to the International days/weeks /month…Today is International Falafel Day made from ground chickpeas, broad beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; “falafel” also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces…June 18th is International Sushi day…but all the days have something in common …summer…

Monday Musings this last week was dedicated to the Queen on her Platnium Jubillee…70 years on the throne and without a whiff of personal scandal she has been a dedicated Queen to her country and the Commonwealth…

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/06/monday-musings-6th-june-2022/

Adding a topping to a filling, whether it be chicken, fish, vegetables or other meats, adds sustenance and makes a meal go that little further…something we may all have to consider in the not too distant future…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Pot Pie…

Welcome to my green kitchen where I bring you recipes mainly “bread”-smile- any kitchen tips and this month there are tips about Strawberry stems something I have always composted or shock horror binned…no longer there are a few things I just didn’t know about Strawberry stems…waste which is pet peeve and cookware which if chosen wisely is safe and a good investment as it lasts years or a lifetime…

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…June 2022…Bread Rolls, Food Waste, Cookware, and “What to do with your leftover Strawberry Stems” …

Store cupboard basic where this week it is canned or bottled foods…It is always good to have some extra cans of fish, sweetcorn, and jars of vegetables or pickles and chutneys…for a rainy day.

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/09/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-5bottled-canned-goods/

It is important that we have an adequate amount of “Phosphorous ” in our diet…Phosphorus is an essential mineral usually combined with oxygen as a phosphate. Most phosphate in the body is found in our bones. But, phosphate-containing molecules, (phospholipids) are also important components of cell membranes and lipoprotein particles such as HDL (healthy cholesterol) and LDL (lousy cholesterol). A small amount of phosphate plays a role in many of our biochemical reactions including the production of our essential fuel ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and the formation of red blood cells…Deficiency is rare in a person with a normal diet. Alcoholics however are at risk as are people who are constantly taking antacids because of the aluminium content in some brands.

The far bigger risk with phosphorus is the amount we are consuming in processed foods such as soft drinks. A diet high in phosphorus may decrease the absorption of other minerals such as iron, copper and zinc…to read more please click the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Phosphorus – Dairy, Poultry, Pork, Nuts, Wholegrains

Much of the time it isn’t easy finding how healthy something really is…I hope this post will be helpful and make it a little easier …

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/10/carolcooks2friday-food-reviews-5/

Saturday Snippets…12th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Spin”

Saturday Snippets is always a pleasure to write for me…This week’s prompt word that my muse landed in my lap is “Spin”…immediately I thought of a child’s spinning top and those spin classes something I personally have never tried but many people love them and participate..just not me…lol…I’ll stick to my walking…I am sitting putting the finishing touches to this post with the sun streaming through the loft window in my little room for the month it is lovely a tad cold for me but a beautiful sunny morning back in England…I have had my camomile tea and my brunch will be some lovely smoked haddock with a poached egg that I am looking forward to as I haven’t eaten smoked haddock or yellow fish as I have always called it for many years… Thank you for joining me today I hope you have a great week and as always I look forward to your comments…xx

 

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…June 2022…Bread Rolls, Food Waste, Cookware,and “What to do with your leftover Strawberry Stems” …

 

Bread making again in the form of bread rolls…There is also nothing quite like the smell of bread baking…

Made using Olive Oil. These rolls were nice, soft and had a good texture but I still haven’t mastered the crusty top type yet…lol… they were also nice toasted.

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 lbs Unbleached Bread Flour
• 1 tbsp of instant yeast
• 3/4 cup of Olive oil
• 1 tbsp of coarse salt
• 2 cups of warm water
• 2/3 tbsp of chopped rosemary(optional)

Let’s Cook!

Combine water, flour, yeast, salt, rosemary(if using) and olive oil mix together you will now have a sticky dough.

If the dough is really too sticky then add a bit more flour.

Lightly grease a bowl with olive oil and turn the dough in a bowl to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise approx 60-90 minutes here it is more like 15-20 but it all depends on where you live and your heat and humidity.

When the dough has risen turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 16 pieces.

Shape the pieces into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet lined with cooking parchment leaving a 2-inch gap between each roll.

Stage two.

Leave to rise for another 30 minutes.

Heat your oven to 450F/230C

Sprinkle the top of the rolls with a little sea salt…my little helper was happy to brush the tops of the rolls as he loves helping in the kitchen…

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack, they are now ready to eat. So yummy slightly warm with proper butter.

Now that was easy, wasn’t it?

Food waste…is a big problem worldwide and one that needs to be tackled once and for all by all of us it is mostly households and restaurants who create the most food waste with manufacturers a close third …my dream is to know that no one goes to bed hungry and wakes up hungry…This podcast is part of an ongoing series that I have been publishing and today the subject is waste…

Episode 4: The Big Problem of Food Waste

Strawberries…There is nothing like nice ripe strawberries in season…if they are fully ripe you don’t even need sugar they are just lovely to eat on their own…our strawberry season has finished but for some of you your strawberry season is June…

Don’t forget to keep the strawberry stems on when you wash them as it stops the water from spoiling those beautiful strawberries…and then I compost the strawberry stems…that is until I received an email from Tori who writes beautiful children’s stories her email came with a link on “What to do with Leftover Strawberry Stems”…but who knew that they were both edible and nutritious plus you can make tea from them, a simple syrup, add them to your smoothie and it doesn’t stop there to read this very informative post please click this link…Thank you Tori for sending me this link …I love the idea of a strawberry stem powder…you can use it to add flavour to cupcakes, muffins, and cakes….how cool is that and I never knew …its great when you learn something new…

Cookware…the subject of cookware came up the other week between me and Aston…I was educating him on how to wash my new pans, a nice frypan, a griddle pan and a pancake pan…the subject of the cost came up and he asked me why I didn’t buy cheaper ones…my mother always taught me never to skimp on cookware as it then lasted basically forever…my pans have travelled with me and are still bright and shiny inside and out even after clumsy clutz here burning things in them on a few occasions…hubby to the rescue…

My mother taught me to choose cookware and utensils that stand the test of time and won’t have to be thrown away with your leftover casserole. That means you gotta ditch the Teflon…

Thank you for joining me today in my Green Kitchen I am off on my travels tomorrow morning early… the destination is the Uk…I have scheduled posts ahead and I will be popping in and out but I may not leave a comment but just a like …xx